Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 04/21/08

Game Nineteen: Cubs (12-6) vs. Mets (10-7)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: ESPN Monday Night Baseball, WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 174, 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 3.04/1.12) vs. John Maine (1-1, 3.78/1.80)

Lou Piniella’s crew opens a 2-game series tonight against one of the best teams in the National League….the New York Mets. Ron Santo’s favorite team is coming off a big series in Philadelphia where they took 2 of 3 from the Phillies.

The Cubs offense has been clicking on all cylinders….26 runs in the past 2 games, but will face a big test tonight against one of the NL’s elite teams….

Carlos Zambrano has started the season on a positve note and is coming off a good outing against the Reds. After dropping his first game of the year to the Phillies on April 11th, Zambrano bounced back and beat the Reds last Wednesday. The Cubs offense plated 12 runs and Zambrano held the Reds dangerous offense to only 2 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts and a walk. The most impressive stat for Zambrano though his first 4 starts….23 strikeouts and 3 walks in 26 2/3 innings.

Carlos Zambrano is 3-1 in 6 career games, 5 starts, against the Mets with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP….last year, 1-0 in 2 starts with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP but with 10 walks and only 8 strikeouts.

  • Carlos Beltran – 1-for-10 with a home run and 6 walks
  • Luis Castillo – 5-for-10 with 6 walks
  • Endy Chavez – 5-for-17 with a triple and a home run
  • Ryan Church – 3-for-14 with 2 doubles
  • Carlos Delgado – 3-for-13 with a home run and 6 walks
  • Jose Reyes – 2-for-13 with a double
  • Brian Schneider – 4-for-13 with 2 doubles
  • David Wright – 2-for-11

After a rough first outing of the year, John Maine has turned in two good starts and most importantly his team has won both games. Maine allowed 1 run on 5 hits in 6 innings in a no decision against the Phillies on April 10th. Maine walked 5 and struck out just 1. He did pick up a win against the Nationals his last time out….2 runs on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Maine has walked 12 batters in 16 2/3 innings this season with just 10 strikeouts.

Maine is 0-2 in 4 career games, 3 starts, against the Cubs with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP….last season, 0-2 in 2 starts with a 10.57 ERA and a 2.22 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings.

  • Reed Johnson – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Mark DeRosa – 1-for-2
  • Derrek Lee – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-8
  • Ryan Theriot – 2-for-5 with a double
  • Daryle Ward – 3-for-4 with 2 doubles

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

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